Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Every Disney Hero Has a Voice ~ Wreck-It Ralph


Every Disney Hero Has a Voice
Wreck-It Ralph
Jim Cummings
May 24th, 1965

 

John Christopher Reilly (born May 24, 1965) is an American actor, singer, and comedian. Making his film debut in Casualties of War, Reilly is one of several actors whose careers were launched by Brian De Palma. To date, he has appeared in more than fifty films, including three separate films in 2002 that were all nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. He has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Chicago and a Grammy Award for the song "Walk Hard", which he performed in Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Reilly has starred in Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule, a television show on Adult Swim, since its premiere on May 16, 2010.

Early life

Reilly was born in Chicago, Illinois, the fifth of six children of an Irish father and a Lithuanian mother. His father ran an industrial linen supply company. Reilly was raised Roman Catholic and attended Brother Rice High School. Reilly is an alumnus of DePaul University in Chicago.

Film career

Reilly made his film debut in the Brian De Palma film Casualties of War (1989) as P.F.C. Herbert Hatcher. Although the role of Hatcher was written as a small one, De Palma liked Reilly's performance so much that the role was significantly expanded. Also notable in his film work throughout the 1990s was his supporting role alongside Mark Wahlberg in Paul Thomas Anderson's 1997 film Boogie Nights, in which he played the pornographic film star Reed Rothchild. Reilly was a frequent collaborator of Anderson's in the 1990s, including other roles in Hard Eight, Magnolia and a cameo in the video for the Fiona Apple single Across the Universe, which Anderson directed.
He appeared in Days of Thunder (1990) as stock car crew member “Buck Bretherton” – in 2006 he revisited this film’s subject matter as the character of race car driver “Cal Naughton, Jr.” in Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.
In 2002 he appeared in three of the year's Academy Award for Best Picture nominees – Chicago, Gangs of New York and The Hours. The three movies were nominated for a total of thirty-two Oscars, including one for Best Supporting Actor for Reilly's performance as Renée Zellweger's trusting husband in Chicago. Ultimately, Chicago won six, The Hours won one, and Gangs of New York won none.
Reilly appeared in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Howard Hughes biopic, The Aviator, as Hughes' (played by Leonardo DiCaprio) trusted business partner, Noah Dietrich. Of the role Reilly said, “Noah was almost a father figure to Hughes... Howard would have a scheme, and it was Noah who had to say, ‘We don’t have the money.’ He was one of his few friends.” He reportedly quit the 2005 film Manderlay to protest the on-set killing of a donkey. He appeared in Adam McKay's Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby in 2006, as Cal Naughton, Jr., the title character's best friend, alongside Will Ferrell. He also starred alongside Woody Harrelson, Meryl Streep, and Lindsay Lohan among others in the Robert Altman film A Prairie Home Companion. In 2007, Reilly starred as the title character in parody bio-pic Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, singing various songs parodying Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, and others. The next year, Reilly reunited with Ferrell to star in Step Brothers.
In 2008, he was among the many notable actors to perform in the online political musical, Proposition 8 - The Musical.
Then in 2009, he played the role of Larten Crepsley from the motion picture Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant and provided the voice of "5" in 9. Reilly also appeared in the 2010 film Cyrus.
Reilly has stated that he would be very determined to play the lead role of Nathan Detroit if a revival of the musical Guys and Dolls were to occur.
In March 2012, he was featured in a performance of Dustin Lance Black's play, '8' — a staged reenactment of the federal trial that overturned California's Prop 8 ban on same-sex marriage — as David Blankenhorn. The production was held at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre and broadcast on YouTube to raise money for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, a non-profit organization funding the plaintiffs' legal team and sponsoring the play.

Personal life

Reilly married Alison Dickey, an independent film producer, in 1992. They have two sons.

Music

In 2002, he performed "Mr. Cellophane" in the movie/soundtrack Chicago. His character was Amos Hart, the husband of Roxie.
Reilly performed on two tracks of the 2006 compilation Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs, and Chanteys: “Fathom the Bowl” and “My Son John”.
In 2007, Reilly starred in the biopic parody Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. In addition to his acting role, he also performed as a vocalist and songwriter on the movie's soundtrack, for which he was nominated for a Grammy. Reilly went on a concert performance tour in the US, performing as his character Dewey Cox in the Cox Across America 2007 Tour.
In 2011, he recorded two songs produced by Jack White and released as singles by White's Third Man Records: The Delmore Brothers' "Gonna Lay Down My Old Guitar," performed with Tom Brosseau, and Ray Price's "I'll Be There If You Want," performed with Becky Stark. He also appeared as "future Mike D" in the Beastie Boys' video "Make Some Noise."
In 2012, his current band, John Reilly & Friends will be on tour with the Railroad Revival Tour that includes Willie Nelson & Family, Band of Horses and Jamey Johnson.

Television

Reilly provided the voice of himself in The Simpsons episode “Any Given Sundance”. He also frequently appeared on Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! as Dr. Steve Brule, which role spun off into the short-running series Check It Out! with Dr. Steve Brule.

Filmography

Year
Film
Role
Notes
1989
Casualties of War
PFC. Herbert Hatcher
1989
We're No Angels
Young Monk
1990
Days of Thunder
Buck Bretherton
1990
State of Grace
Stevie McGuire
1992
Shadows and Fog
Cop at Police Station
1992
Out on a Limb
Jim Jr.
1992
Hoffa
Pete Connelly
1993
What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Tucker Van Dyke
1994
River Wild, TheThe River Wild
Terry
1995
Dolores Claiborne
Const. Frank Stamshaw
1995
Georgia
Herman
1996
Hard Eight
John Finnegan
1996
Boys
Officer Kellogg Curry
1997
Nightwatch
Deputy Inspector Bill Davis
Uncredited
1997
Boogie Nights
Reed Rothchild
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
1998
Hellcab
Steve
1998
Thin Red Line, TheThe Thin Red Line
Sergeant Storm
1999
Settlement, TheThe Settlement
Pat
1999
Never Been Kissed
Augustus Strauss
1999
For Love of the Game
Gus Sinski
1999
Magnolia
Jim Kurring
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2000
Perfect Storm, TheThe Perfect Storm
Dale 'Murph' Murphy
2001
Anniversary Party, TheThe Anniversary Party
Mac Forsyth
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2002
Good Girl, TheThe Good Girl
Phil Last
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
2002
Gangs of New York
Happy Jack
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor also for The Hours and Chicago
2002
Chicago
Amos Hart
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Cast
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
also for The Hours and Gangs of New York
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
2002
Hours, TheThe Hours
Dan Brown
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor also for Gangs of New York and Chicago
Nominated — Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003
Anger Management
Older Arnie Shankman
Uncredited
2003
Piggie
2004
Aviator, TheThe Aviator
Noah Dietrich
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2004
Criminal
Richard Gaddis
2005
Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?
Short film
2005
Dark Water
Mr. Murray
2006
A
Lefty
Nominated — Gotham Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
2006
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
Cal Naughton, Jr.
2006
Tenacious D in The Pick of Destiny
Sasquatch
Uncredited
2007
Year of the Dog
Al
2007
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
Dewford "Dewey" Cox
Also writer
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Song
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song
Nominated — Grammy Award for Best Song Written for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media
2007–10
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!
Dr. Steven Brule
TV Series: 25 Episodes
2008
Promotion, TheThe Promotion
Richard Wehlner
2008
Step Brothers
Dale Doback
Also writer
2009
9
5
Voice role
2009
Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
Larten Crepsley
2010
Check It Out!, With Steve Brule
Dr. Steve Brule
TV Series
Also writer and producer
2010
Extra Man, TheThe Extra Man
Gershon
2010
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Chrimbus Special
Dr. Steve Brule
Television film
2010
Cyrus
John
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
2011
Cedar Rapids
Dean Ziegler
Nominated — Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male
2011
Fight for Your Right Revisited
Mike D (B-Boys 2)
Short film
2011
We Need to Talk About Kevin
Franklin
2011
Terri
Mr. Fitzgerald
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor
2011
Carnage
Michael
2012
Tim and Eric's Billion Dollar Movie
Taquito
2012
Dictator, TheThe Dictator
Clayton
Cameo (Uncredited)
2012
Wreck-It Ralph
Wreck-It Ralph
Voice role


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